We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort of Community Science Fellows and Community Leaders.

California-based Communities Start Here!

Applications have closed for this opportunity.  Come back soon to meet our California Project Teams.

This California-focused collaboration is led by Thriving Earth Exchange with support from the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC). Thriving Earth Exchange will give preference to historically marginalized and/or underserved communities. These include California Native American Tribes, as well as communities classified as disadvantaged by CalEnviroScreen 3.0, low-income, and climate vulnerable communities. Through this collaboration, we are aiming to select 10 California communities; one from each of these regions in the state. Thriving Earth Exchange will review community applications on a rolling basis, and projects will begin in Spring 2020.

View more detailed information about community criteria here. 

Thriving Earth Exchange projects start with community priorities, and any community can start a project with us. Communities of any size from around the world are encouraged to submit a local priority, issue and/or project idea related to natural hazards, natural resources, or climate change. (See current and former projects here.) All we ask is that you commit the time and energy needed to work hand-in-hand with a volunteer scientist.

Thriving Earth Exchange is free of charge for communities and projects typically do not come with funding. We design projects that can have an impact on the community priority with creativity, in-kind support, and resources at hand.Projects are supported by specially trained staff and Community Science Fellows, and typically conclude within 6-18 months.  If your project idea doesn’t fit one of the categories above, make a note of that in your project application (but don’t let that stop you from applying!)


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